The Way Forward in Technology

It’s a New Golden Age for Technology
The way forward in technology is building a vertically integrated company with a diverse team.
Your phone’s battery life could always be better, but it could have been much worse. Decades after John Hennessy and David Patterson invented the technology that made high-performance, low-power gadgets possible, they have received the ultimate honor—the $1 million ACM A.M. Turing Award, billed as the “Nobel Prize of Computing.” You can thank them quietly whenever you pull your phone out.
In the 1980s, the two professors (Hennessy from Stanford, Patterson from Berkeley) developed technology called RISC—the reduced instruction set computer. The gist: A CPU runs more efficiently if software feeds it a lot of simple instructions instead of fewer, but more complicated ones. Early programmers and chip designers took the latter route, since they could write shorter code, and leave the CPU to unpack it. But as programming languages got more sophisticated in the 1970s and 1980s, they took over the grunt work, translating high-level code written by humans into the litany of instructions the CPU needs. That made Hennessy and Patterson’s RISC concept make sense without inconveniencing software engineers.
99% of Processors today are RISC!


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Will China Control the Future of AI?

Chinese flag AI

China Mobile Payment

Chinese AI companies have leaped ahead, so that today the most valuable companies in computer vision, speech recognition, speech synthesis, machine translation, and drones are all Chinese companies.
~ Kai-Fu Lee
According to Gartner, the global enterprise value derived from AI will total $1.2 trillion this year, a 70 percent increase from 2017. AI-derived business value is projected to reach up to $3.9 trillion by 2022.
Who Will Control the Future of AI?
Will it be Chinese companies, or will it be American big tech companies like Google, Amazon, Apple, or Facebook, who will use AI to increase their power or wealth; or will the benefits be more evenly and democratically available?

Terrance Jackson 2020

Our faith in the promise of America will move mountains and unleash unsuspected human potential where nothing will be impossible for us.
If we don’t want poverty in our nation, our businesses must pay living wages with decent benefits. And if we don’t want polluted air, water, and land, our businesses must behave in environmentally sustainable ways.

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Next-level AI Community Health App

No suicide, no alcoholism, no drug addiction, and very little crime.

CHHE

For my talk on Applying AI to Local Retail, I will demo CHHE, a next-level AI community health mobile app.
The Community Health & Holistic Eating mobile app is based on the fact that community and autonomy are very important elements in determining health and also on the idea that the production, marketing, and consumption of food is key to nearly everything.

Otliers

Malcolm Gladwell wrote in Outliers which The New York Times printed the first chapter:
The results were astonishing. In Roseto, virtually no one under 55 died of a heart attack, or showed any signs of heart disease. For men over 65, the death rate from heart disease in Roseto was roughly half that of the United States as a whole. The death rate from all causes in Roseto, in fact, was something like thirty or thirty-five percent lower than it should have been.
This had happened more than fifty years ago but Bruhn still had a sense of amazement in his voice as he remembered what they found. “There was no suicide, no alcoholism, no drug addiction, and very little crime. They didn’t have anyone on welfare. Then we looked at peptic ulcers. They didn’t have any of those either. These people were dying of old age. That’s it.”
[Y]ou couldn’t understand why someone was healthy if all you did was think about their individual choices or actions in isolation. You had to look beyond the individual. You had to understand what culture they were a part of, and who their friends and families were, and what town in Italy their family came from. You had to appreciate the idea that community — the values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with — has a profound effect on who we are. The value of an outlier was that it forced you to look a little harder and dig little deeper than you normally would to make sense of the world. And if you did, you could learn something from the outlier that could use to help everyone else.
In Outliers, I want to do for our understanding of success what Stewart Wolf did for our understanding of health.
Community — the values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with — has a profound effect on who we are.

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EB-5 investment in New York

Chinese nationals, who often seek visas so that their children can receive an American education, account for a large percentage of EB-5 investors.
I recently connected with the VP of AI and Machine Learning at Unity Technologies, and we exchanged a couple of emails. This has led to our decision to having our students develop apps with the Unity game engine after building our chess-playing robot.
We are also working on having a group of students attend Unity Unite in Los Angeles in October.
On Thursday, November 15th @ 7 pm at the Larchmont Public Library, I will demo CHHE, an intelligent restaurant recommendation app and give a talk on applying artificial intelligence to local retail.
In addition, we are working on a Pokémon Go-type game called Ask, Seek, & Knock that will incorporate a new blockchain protocol called Avalanche.

Danny Lange

Yong Zhao
Yong Zhao books

Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas.
TJ: The EB-5 visa grants permanent U.S. residence to anyone investing a half million dollars in a U.S.-based development project. Eighty percent of EB-5 recipients are Chinese. According to a NPR report, Bryan Withall of Sino Outbound estimates that 70 to 80 percent of families are pursuing EB-5 visas for their children’s education. As “Wang” tells us:
I’m only doing this for my son’s education. He is in a good local school, but all they do is study for tests. The Chinese education system turns everyone into the same type of person.
Chinese students score higher than American students on international tests but many Chinese parents still want their children to be educated in the United States. Can you explain this?
YZ: I’ve written about this in various places, most extensively my book Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education in the World. The simple answer to this paradox is that test scores are not good indicators of education quality. In fact attempts to pursue test scores can be counter productive, damaging what actually matters for success in life, such as confidence, creativity, and love of learning.

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Ask, Seek & Knock to Use Avalanche Token

Ask, Seek & Knock will use the Avalanche token and be featured in the documentary Dear Mr. Man: Let America Be America Again.

Avalanche token

Demystifying “Snowflake to Avalanche”
Not every day that somebody in the field of distributed systems, comes out and says “I have a new breakthrough to tell you about”. However, recently, Prof. Emin Gün Sirer, from Cornell University, said that he does.
Avalanche comes in and combines the best of Classical Consensus Protocols and Nakamoto Consensus Protocol:
  • Quick finality and low latency: That is, it takes around 2 seconds to achieve finality across the globe. This basically means that after 2 seconds, you can get your payment processed and verified.
  • Higher throughput: 1000–10,000 transactions per second.
  • Robust: The network does not need to agree on who the participants are to achieve undeniable consensus.
  • Quiescent protocol: Most importantly, the protocol is green. That means that it is sustainable, it does not waste any energy, and that there is no special ecosystem of miners with their own separate interests from the users.

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CHHE, Intelligent Recommendations & Valuing Gold Customers

CHHE

For my talk on Applying AI to Local Retail, I will demo CHHE, a Restaurant Recommendation engine based on things you care about and your current location. The recommendation engine will use Neo4j Spatial, Restaurant Data from Factual, and OpenTable API.
Valuing Gold Customers
All businesses have Gold customers – a small percentage that provides 80% of their revenue and profit. Discounts devalue these customers.
Instead of devaluing customers by offering discounts, small businesses can use artificial intelligence (AI) applications such as CHHE. The basic idea is to build a close personal relationship with each customer that is based on quality, service, friendship, loyalty, and communications. And, not based on discounts.
You would not give a neighbor $5 for helping you move furniture. It would be an insult. Instead, you offer a cup of coffee or a beer, and 15 minutes of chat around the kitchen table. That is the kind of relationship that CHHE creates. Discounts send the wrong message: we are cheap guys whose basic product is overpriced. We want to buy your loyalty. We don’t care about you. We care about your money.
CHHE identifies Gold customers and develop programs designed to retain them. Resources that small businesses can not afford to spend on all of their customers. Profits come from working to retain the best, and encouraging others to move up to higher status levels.
CHHE identifies Gold customers and develop campaigns to retain them.

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Who Will Control the Future of AI?

Will it be big tech companies like Google, Amazon, Apple, or Facebook, who will use AI to increase their power or wealth; or will the benefits be more evenly and democratically available?
According to Gartner, the global enterprise value derived from AI will total $1.2 trillion this year, a 70 percent increase from 2017. AI-derived business value is projected to reach up to $3.9 trillion by 2022.

Mark Cuban on AI

I am telling you, the world’s first trillionaires are going to come from somebody who masters AI and all its derivatives and applies it in ways we never thought of.
~ Mark Cuban

CMU AI chart

Machine learning is really important and it will continue to improve but it is kind of done. The crazy new stuff is living on top of machine learning with decision-making systems which are now able to have models of the world through machine learning.
~ Dr. Andrew Moore
Dean of the School of Computer Science
At Carnegie Mellon University

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